Cook County Clerk David Orr characterized local, city and county early-vote totals Friday morning as “off the charts.”

In fact, nearly everything about the early-voting process for the Nov. 4 presidential election, which Orr called “the most exciting election in modern history,” has been record-breaking. On the final day of early voting Thursday, 820 people braved waits as long as three hours at Oak Park Village Hall.

Oak Park Village Hall ranked eighth in traffic among the 44 suburban sites for early voting, with 8,238 total votes cast. By far, the heaviest traffic was the last five days, with nearly 3,600 ballots cast then.

During the 18 days of early voting, 7,311 Oak Park residents and 1,077 River Forest residents cast ballots.

Voters in Oak Park were part of a historic three-week turnout of 486,793 people casting early ballots throughout Cook County-226,090 of them in the suburbs and 260,703 in Chicago. Both tallies were records.

-Bill Dwyer

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